When French filmmaker and photographer John Thackwray began travelling the world in 2010, he launched an ambitious project to document the bedrooms of young men and women who were born in the 1980s and '90s. Today, the My Room Project features over 1,200 photographs and interviews of millennials from 55 countries, revealing a fascinating insight into youth culture globally.
Captured from above, the unique aerial shots allow us to see the subject amongst the room that they sleep, including all their worldly possessions. As you look closely at each person, you'll notice that those who have very little seem to be the happiest. John said: "I definitely would say that the world is unfair. I would also say that many people confuse poverty and violence, poor communities are not necessarily violent. Many people also confuse comfort and happiness. Actually, I've seen more smiles in poor countries, and much more depression in developed nations."
If you love this series as much as we do, then you'll be happy to hear that John is launching a new book at the end of 2016. Called My Room, Portrait of a Generation – it will include 100 selected photographs and interviews from the six-year project. You can pre-order a copy at myroomphotos.com.
What has he learned the most from this project? John adds: "I would say that inequalities and ignorance are the main scourges of humanity. And something important in my mind is that we don’t forget that this is the youth who is designing the world of tomorrow."
Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of John Thackwray
Main image: Pema, Buddhism student in Katmandu, Nepal - room #385